The Gatsby Benchmarks are a framework of 8 guidelines that define the best careers provision in schools and colleges. The School’s Careers Strategy is founded on them. As well as providing a framework for a holistic CEIAG programme across Year 7-11, these guidelines are also embedded within our curriculum and extra-curricular activities.
Research tells us that careers education is fundamental to school improvement - pupils are motivated when they know what they want to achieve in their lives and how to go about it.
The publication of Careers Guidance and Access for Education & Training Providers in January 2018 clearly states:
“A successful careers guidance programme will also be reflected in higher numbers of pupils progressing to positive destinations such as apprenticeships, technical routes, sixth form colleges, FE colleges, university or employment.” Page 5
We measure and assess the impact of our careers programme through pupil and parent voice and through analysis of our destinations data. We also use the Compass Evaluation Tool provide by the Careers and Enterprise Company, on a termly basis to evaluate the schools careers programme against the benchmarks. Students complete feedback forms after individual careers events. Employer and external agency feedback is also requested.
For more information on the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks and how we as a school currently meet them, please click here.